COMING TO NEPAL

Besides flying in to Nepal at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International airport, you can also travel into Nepal by road from India and China. There are various points where you can enter Nepal from India;
•    Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
•     Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
•     Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
•     Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
•     Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
•     Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
•     Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
•     Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Kodari (Tibet) which is the only transit point between China – Nepal. Tourist visa is available upon arrival at these points.

ENTRY VISA PROCEDURES

Most Nationalities can obtain an entry visa at the airport or point of entry border. Nepal’s immigration website has the details for all those who must apply through the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or other Mission offices abroad. Two Passport size photos are required. Your passport must have at least 6 months validity before the expiration date.

VISA FEES

The visa fee for tourists of SAAR Countries (India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka) and the People’s Republic of China is free.
For all other Nationalities the fees are:
Single entry – US$25 for 15 days.*
Multiple entry – US$40 for 30 days.*
Visa will be extended subsequently for 30 days each upon payment of US$30 for a maximum period for 150 days in a year.
For latest changes on these policies and fees please visit Nepal’s immigration website http://www.immi.gov.np/
*Visa fees indicated above at the time of print.*
Departure from Kathmandu by Air
Check-in is required 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight time. Some airlines require 48 – 72 hours reconfirmation of departure; this requirement should be in your flight document. Drift Nepal will reconfirm your booking for you, if requested.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that you are covered by your own travel insurance whilst in Nepal, or any other country you are visiting. Some policies exclude certain adventure or outdoor activities such as rafting, trekking, peak climbing or bungee jumping and paragliding but may be added to your policy for an additional small premium. Please ensure that your insurance covers medical expenses, emergency evacuation, lost or theft of items etc.

GENERAL HEALTH

Please check with your family doctor or travel medical clinic for the current advice on vaccination requirements and preventive health care.
Nepal’s climate includes long months of mountain monsoon (mid-June to mid-September) this combined with Kathmandu’s pollution and the valley’s inversion layer, may cause occasional illness. Medicine is widely available for such ailments. Warm dry wear is recommended but better still get into the fresh air that’s awaiting you outside the valley!

FITNESS

We do not require super human fitness for a river journey. However, the fitter you are, the more you will get from your adventure. There are opportunities for side hikes up canyons and to nearby points of interest on your trip. Alternatively if you’d prefer to sit in camp and enjoy a glass of wine or beer and read your book or listen to your favorite music, that’s perfect. It is your holiday after all.
Whitewater rafting is an outdoor adventure sport. We do our best to provide all of our guests with safe and enjoyable rafting tours. We pack comprehensive first aid kits, rescue ropes and equipment on every trip. All of our guides are trained in first aid and CPR, Wilderness First Aid, Whitewater Rescue Technician and have been certified by Nepal Red Cross and Rescue 3 International.
For trekking, as long as you love walking there is no limit on how far and long you can walk. The only factor to remember on treks is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) this can affect mountain climbers or trekkers at high altitude (typically above 2,400m) Symptoms range from mild headache to life-threatening. It is difficult to know who may be affected since there are no specific factors such as age, gender or physical condition that are associated with susceptibility. Drift Nepal’s itineraries, where appropriate, include time for altitude acclimatization and immediate care and attention is given. If the symptoms persist then an evacuation may be needed by helicopter which is why it is imperative that each traveler is covered with personal travel insurance.

LOCAL CLINIC / HOSPITAL

The medical infrastructure in Nepal is limited but Kathmandu does have two international standard medical facilities and one would be CIWEC clinic and for hospital would beGRANDE INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL which are very proficient in travel medicine. It is to these medical centres that we would highly recommend or escort you to should the need arise.

CIWEC CLINIC Travel Medicine Center. Website: ciwec-clinic.com

GRANDE INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL Email: [email protected]

NEPAL HAS FOUR CLIMATIC SEASONS

Spring (between March – May): The temperature is mildly warm in low lands while moderate in higher altitudes with plenty of opportunities to have tryst with the mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendron sweeps the ascending altitudes with its magnanimous color and beauty.
Summer (between June – August): This is also the monsoon season in Nepal. The weather is hot and wet at times. It rains almost every day with occasional thunderstorms in the evening. The rain spreads the pleasantness around with lush green vegetation.
Autumn (between September – November): This is the best tourist season in Nepal with the summer gone by and the winter to set in. The weather is highly pleasant so are the mountain views. This is the peak season for trekking as mountain views are guaranteed so better book your flight in advance. This is also the season of festivities as Nepal celebrates the biggest Hindu festivals Dashain followed by Tihar.
Winter (between December – February): The weather is cool and the sky is clear with occasional snowfalls at higher elevations. This season is good for trekking in lower elevations. The morning and night is cold and the days are warm when sunny.

TEMPERATURE & RAINFALL

Nepal is the country of extremes. The low-land plains of the Terai can have tropical temperatures and also the mosquitoes. The Himalayas can get to sub-zero temperatures, but the sun blaze can bring some warmth during the day, even in the mountains. The temperature of Kathmandu goes below 1 Degree Celsius (34 Degree Fahrenheit) in winter and rises to an average of 30 Degree Celsius (86 Degree Fahrenheit) in summer.
The average temperature in Kathmandu during the four seasons:
* Spring season ranges between 16-23 Degree Celsius (61-73 Degree Fahrenheit)
* Summer season ranges between 25-30 Degree Celsius (77-86 Degree Fahrenheit)
* Autumn season ranges between 15-24 Degree Celsius (59-75 Degree Fahrenheit)
* Winter season ranges between 9-12 Degree Celsius (48-54 Degree Fahrenheit)

During the rainy monsoon season between June to August, it rains to an average between 200-375 millimeters in Kathmandu. There is occasional rainfall during the other seasons too. In an average, 1300 millimeters of rain falls in Kathmandu every year.
Nepal Customs and Airport Information.

IMPORT

Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarettes (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle) You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.

EXPORT

It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal’s cultural heritage and belong here. The Department of Archaeology at Ramshah Path near Singha Durbar has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country. Handicraft dealers and travel agents are able to assist you in this process. For more information on customs matters, contact the Chief Customs Administrator, TIA Customs Office.

CUSTOMS

•    Use local greeting “Namaste” with pressed palms together at chest level (same for response) It can be used for ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’, ‘good morning’, ‘good afternoon’ etc.
•    Namaste and what it means? In Sanskrit the word is namah + te = Namaste which means “I bow to you” or “ reverential salutation to you”
•    Before entering any one’s house or temple, take off your shoes.
•    Some of the temple may be prohibited for non-Hindus.
•    Leather articles are prohibited to be taken inside the temple precinct.
•    Do not touch offerings or persons when they are on their way to shrines or temples.
•    Beef is strictly prohibited among both Hindus and Buddhists. No female animal is killed for food.
•    Walk around temples or stupas in a clockwise direction.
•    Usually it is permitted to take photos of temples and monuments but it is better to ask an authorized person before doing so.
•    Dress appropriately when visiting any place as wearing short miniskirts, or beach wear like bikinis and skimpy clothing are frowned upon. Just dress comfortably and decently covered.

CULTURE AND LANGAUGE

Nepali or Nepalese is the official language of Nepal. The country has different ethnic groups and sub-groups who speak over 70 different languages and dialects. Over 80% are Hindu, over 10% are Buddhist and the rest is made up of Muslim, Kiratis, Christian, Skihs etc.